How To Break Comfort And Handle Risks
The dangers of being comfortable where we are right now, how to break out of it through taking risks, and the benefits of taking risks in our lives.
Three years ago I made the decision to do something bold. I started to delve into unknown territory and start a business. Although I was fumbling around for two and a half years, it was something that forced me out of my comfort zone.
Three years ago I had a good paying job that could pay the bills.
Three years ago I had comfort that I could put food on the table and provide for myself.
I threw that away to take a massive risk and change my life. All because I wanted to be happy and do what I wanted to do.
When you are striving for your positive life, you do have to be selfish. There’s no shame in that. But that kind of selfishness comes at a price.
Either be comfortable and complain. Or be free and struggle the hard way.
Comfort, though obviously appealing, is a slippery slope once you think more about it. Comfort prompts us to not make changes or challenge ourselves. It’s a form of stasis that we don’t bother dealing with.
After all who wants to do stuff when there’s a new Game of Thrones episode coming up? You’ve already binged watched the last several episodes and finally caught up.
It’s easy for us to relax and grow soft. By all means that isn’t a problem if you do it in moderation. But routinely living in comfort, indulging in it, can make it all the harder to break it and strive for the life you do want. In other words, you’d rather not take risks.
This is dangerous without a doubt. As humans, we are meant to grow as the world develops with us. Being in comfort, being in stasis has major repercussions. It’s like waking up in Fallout game where your world is torn apart and then stitched back together. That’s more of the extreme case.
However it still is jarring and can be difficult to get back into the swing of things or even to adapt. When we relapse into our comfort zone, it means we need to work harder at taking risks.
Risks push our comfort zone and can do some incredible things to our lives. There honestly is nothing wrong with risks when you think about it. Here’s some examples.
Risks Create Stories
As a writer, it’s important to be able to tell stories. Even if you don’t write, we’re all storytellers in our own way. But you know, a lot of times stories run stale or people have already heard of them before. That’s what happens when you tell stories naturally.
But I ask, where do stories come from? For a lot of people, our stories stem from our experiences. Experiences we otherwise wouldn’t have taken if we didn’t step out of our comfort zone.
So it’s fair to say that the risks that we take in our lives creates stories. Therefore a lack of stories is when we choose to let nothing happen or we dwell in what’s comfortable.
I’m not saying we need to indulge in constant self-sabotaging activities for the sake of “a good story”. Risks bring rewards at times. But by constantly pushing our comfort zone we are able to create new stories and new experiences.
Furthermore, throwing our lives into utter chaos (with sound logic mind-you), can make for a great story too. Even though leaving my stable job was a stupid move, it makes for a powerful turning point in my story. I still remember the day vividly and see it as a more positive thing than a negative.
Not only that, but I use it as an invaluable lesson. Speaking of lessons…
Risks Bring Wisdom
When we takes risks and do something different, who knows what can happen. Going into business is a massive leap from staying in a reliable job. It turns your world upside down for sure. But with it, can bring incredible knowledge and wisdom.
Not many people are willing to do what I did. Many will say what I did was stupid and I completely agree. But from that experience, I learned many things I otherwise wouldn’t have.
Imagine what would happen now if you started to take bolder steps in your life. Yes we would make mistakes, but we’d become more successful as a result. With each mistake and failure we make, our desire for success grows.
Yes the battle will be tough, and we may continue to make mistakes. But through these mistakes brings knowledge and stories. We can share with others what we did. I see all this as a win-win.
Risks Bring Change
And naturally risks bring change into our lives. To break out of comfort is to change our situations and circumstances. Taking risks can bring us new experiences that we aren’t familiar with and that can shake us to our core.
Constantly living in comfort means you grow concerned when something could shake the boat, maybe even flip it. It’s people in comfort who wouldn’t risk every penny to their name to invest in something. A lot of people would say that’s stupid. But on the other hand if that investment yielded hundreds of thousands of dollars those people would ache to be in that persons shoes.
It’s for this reason why it’s important to shake things up. Not necessarily to drop everything you are doing right now and live a high-risk lifestyle. Start instead by asking yourself a simple question:
What would happen if I took a different direction to this problem?
Really what would happen if you decided to take a different approach than what you already thought? The new solution being bolder, riskier, but in the end rewarding.
After all, you are changing the nature of your life by changing your circumstances.
So honestly what do you have against risks? And how can you change it?
Risks Aren’t Our Enemies
To grow stronger is to take many kinds of risks in our lives. In the end you can make stupid moves, that’s the point of living. We all have our own shortcomings and that’s alright.
You can stay in comfort if you like, but you will only grow in spurts and wait for months or even years to grow in a huge way. It’s by doing something different that we are able to grow exceptionally and speed up the process.
You see, risks aren’t our enemies. Either they pay off massively or you learn something invaluable that you can both share and maybe even sell. So taking risks aren’t all that bad.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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